The Hills around Wendover.

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We have not done as much walking as per normal due to family commitments so it was nice again to get back into the Chilterns and to the town of Wendover. A market town at the foot of the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire, England. It is also a civil parish within Aylesbury Vale district. The mainly arable parish is 5,832 acres (2,360 ha) in size and contains many hamlets that nestle in amongst the lush forest on the surrounding hills. The Walk starts in the Railway station (Map) and parking on a Saturday costs just £4 for the day, so not bad value. To start the walk exit the station along Station approach until you come to Pound street then head South West along the path until you come to the track that heads up to Bacombe Hill (Map), they have made this part a Nature reserve and with all the Chalk and nettles must be great habitat for Butterflies etc. Keep going up until you find the top of Coombe Hill at 260m above sea level, here you will find an impressive monument, it sits on one of the highest and most striking spurs of the Chilterns, commanding a wide view of the Vale of Aylesbury. On a clear day you can apparently see the Berkshire Downs and Salisbury Plain to the south-west and the Cotswolds to the west. The view overlooks Chequers, the country home of the Prime Minister
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Coombe Hill monument

The monument was erected in 1904, by public subscription, in memory of 148 men from Buckinghamshire who died during the Second Boer War. Coombe Hill Monument was almost totally destroyed by lightning in 1938 and was rebuilt in the same year. The original bronze plaque and decorations were stolen in 1972 and replaced with a stone plaque and iron flag. The new stone plaque was also inscribed with the additional names of nine men believed to have been missing on the original. The monument was again badly damaged by a lightning strike in the early 1990s and spent several months in repair. It is now equipped with conductors to prevent the mishap happening again

From the summit of Coombe hill we headed south west finding our way to the small village of Ellesborough (
Map) and worked our way around Beacon hill through the woods and on to Pulpit hill , this area is littered with remains from Neolithic England and an impressive fort (remains of) lies on top (Map). Whiteleaf Hill offers superb views over looking Princes Risborough and again has Neolithic remains in the form of a burial mound (Tumulus), you find a lot of families having a Picnic on top due to the fantastic views.

Last part of the walk takes you past Chequers the country residence of the prime minister. There has been a house on the site since the 12th century; however, little is known of the early history of the 16th-century mansion known today as
Chequers. Downing Street and Chequers are about 41 miles (66 km) apart.

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